At the office I had gotten into a rhythm of putting up a thoughtful quote each morning. I have a little whiteboard behind my desk, made from the frame of an old television – I don’t know what the old assistant used it for, but I doubt it was for something as wonderful as writing a quote of the day. The quote I put up before our Thanksgiving holiday was the last thing up there for a while, because around then things got busy. Absurdly busy. I didn’t have time in the mornings to look up a quote and write it down, so Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, came and went and the Thanksgiving Quote stayed, like a withering Christmas tree no one had the time to take down.
“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” That was the quote for the last two months.
Anyway, some cheeky bugger walked by the other day and said, “Hey Betty, it’s time you updated that thing,” and I thought, “You’re right.”
I erased the Thanksgiving quote and resumed my old habit. At first I feared people would think I had too much time on my hands, but whatever. A quote of the day is a nice thing.
I like all the quotes, but today’s is one I wrote in my diary as well:
“It isn’t safe to sit in judgment upon another person’s illusion when you are not on the inside. While you are thinking it is a dream, he may be knowing it is a planet.”
-Mark Twain (1835-1910), written in 1905. “Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes” Ch. 13 Which was the Dream?
How true! How very very true. Reminds me not to squash other people’s planets as I stand in my own.